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Toecutter
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Frankston - where to from here?

I'm interested to hear what other Frankston (and opposition) supporters think of the direction of our club. I'm beginning to have some serious concerns about our objective of providing an AFL pathway as our main recruiting drawcard. Right now I'm pretty convinced we have a few playing for themselves rather than our club, and if that's going to continue as a trend of our playing group it will be bloody hard to build and keep a membership.

MegaA
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From what I saw today i wouldn;t of thought you would have too many headaches with memberhsip however yes performance may influence retention of these members. You have had a couple of good wins which is encouraging and indicated that in years to come if players are retained then this 21 year old average age side will blossom into a more competitive side.

The way I saw it today - your not too far off the mark but I thought fitness was your biggest let down. Their are better days ahead for Frankston this season but more so next and the season after IF Frankston can retain their player base and perhaps even make one or two inclusions.

37 times Grand finalists
16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN,
I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED,
I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toecutter
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Retention.....there is the trick mate. Some of these blokes may get drafted, and some that don't will likely head back to their local club - since their only reason for coming over was the possibility of being drafted.

We do have a problem in terms of membership. The club has a lot of barrackers, but not so many members. We aren't a club where families turn up, and we should be. Not sure whether the club has a growth plan, but really it doesn't appear so.

MegaA
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So what your saying is that these guys are all using the club as a stepping stone and not their preferred club. I would of thought that being the biggest club in the area more of them would aspire to play there but if they have come from a background where they have been playing for a certain club for years then its hard to turn away from that as you can get bonded to your club very easily. If what your saying is accurate about what you expect players to do then it is indeed a hard time for the club as the only other thing that may keep those players is $$$$$money and from what I have been told the club does not have that much to attract and retain the better players of the league.

How many members do you have ? As for a growth plan - I think not having one is standard in this league - I don;t see other clubs trying to grow either which is sad in a way...

37 times Grand finalists
16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN,
I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED,
I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toecutter
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I think we're in a very similar spot to Bendigo Mega.....we both have very strong local leagues and there is a real sense of tribalism in those leagues....yes, that's hard for players to draw themselves away from, and often those clubs have plenty of dough to toss at blokes. I think Bendigo Gold are suffering this one even more than we are. Unlike Port, neither of our clubs have the long and proud history of success that the Borough do....we lack the aura that draws players to WANT to play for you. I think the Dolphs have come up with a novel idea in providing a pathway....but I have serious reservations about its' sustainability.

Toecutter
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And as for members, I'm not sure how many.....but the gate attendants often look a bit stunned when I present my membership at the games. Haha. I've often lamented the lack of community backing the club has, and if they don't have a growth plan, they need one!

MegaA
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As a member and from what I can tell - a passionate one, your well within your rights to ask these sorts of questions to your G.M.

Have you thought of asking the GM about the growth plan and perhaps giving him your and other supporters ideas ? If he is a good GM he should be listening to his members feedback - he may even take some ideas on board.

BTW thanks for the flattering comments about Port (above) - good to see some good sportsmanship - we appreciate it.

37 times Grand finalists
16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN,
I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED,
I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Borough1874
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A man wearing a dolphin costume next to the man playing the bongos great to see character is still alive in the vfl!

Also a dolphins supporter waving 2 dolphins flags. It's great to see!

MegaA
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Ad to that the trumpet player and the people leaning ove rthe fence that Phill cleary talked about and said "It just makes you wantto punch them". One wonders what they were saying to get Phill upset.

From the tv looks like a colourfull place that club - they should telecast more games there.

37 times Grand finalists
16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN,
I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED,
I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robbo

Here are my thoughts the Dolphins are an improving side the offense is a lot better but the defence is struggling having given up 130 points on each of the last 5 games. For those people I know 2-6 looks bad but it is not all doom and gloom the Development League side is playing ok so that is healthy we are defiantly in a far better position than the Bendigo Gold.

Keep supporting the club and just remember 1 more win this year means an improvement from last year(Hopefully there is more than that!!!). It is a tough competition stand by the Dolphins!!!!

vfa
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I think the dolphins are on the right track. I thought they were a huge chance during the second quarter. Even at half time when 13 points up. They are a far better team than last year and although 2/6 does not look too great I reckon they are one win away from winning a couple of games. Defence is a worry and they need to work hard. Also got smashed in midfield in second half. Their forwards are ok as are their rucks. Frankston reserves are competitive in all games and will play finals this year so depth is a lot better. Not all doom and gloom. Better days ahead and on right track. Success does not come overnight. Keep faith Toecutter. By the way I had a few bucks on the dolphins to win at $3.70. No cigars and will be interested to see how Frankston responds playing at Cramer Street in next Saturday's ABC game ? Will be at least $4 on sportsbet.

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